Gary Webb was an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. In 1996 he wrote a series of articles called “Dark Alliance” that exposed the CIA’s complicity in Contra drug smuggling and dealing of crack cocaine in South Central LA in order to fund the Contra’s counter-revolutionary efforts against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. This scandalous activity led to the devastatingly destructive crack epidemic of the 1980’s and its repercussions to this very day. Gary Webb was a man of extraordinary character and integrity who refused to back down and recant even after his newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, eventually bowed down to pressure from the establishment media, led by the New York Times, and undoubtedly aided by CIA agents infiltrated deep within practically all mainstream media outlets.
In 2004, after suffering much hardship due to his being effectively blacklisted, Mr. Webb was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head. His death was ruled a suicide by the Sacramento county coroner due to the purported existence of a suicide note at the scene. That’s right, two shots . . . to the head no less. Gary’s story is the subject of a new film set to release tomorrow, October 10th, in select theaters, entitled “Kill the Messenger.”